Boris Schukin

People’s Artist of the USSR, the USSR State Prize Laureate Boris Vasilyevich Schukin was born on 18 April 1894 in Kashir, Tulskaya province, in the family of a civil employee.During the war (1914-1918) he studied at the Alexander Military School.In 1920 entered Vakhtangov’s Studio.He worked at the Vakhtangov Theatre from 1920 till 1939.He also taught at the Vakhtangov Theatre School.The Vakhtangov Theatre School was renamed after him, and Bolshoy Levshinsky Lane in Moscow, a street where he lived, was renamed to Schukin Street.His artistic life was greatly influenced by his teacher’s aesthetics with its vivid theatricality, irony and its affinity to folk buffoonery and grotesque.B.V. Schukin was one the most eminent representatives of the Soviet realistic school, he was an artist, who managed to combine comedy and drama brilliantly in his artistic work.Boris Vasilyevich Schukin died on 7 October 1939.The death interrupted his work upon parts of the Mayor (“The Government Inspector”) and Kutuzov (“Field-Marshal Kutuzov”).

1936 — B.V. Schukin was the first actor to be granted with the title of People’s Artist of the USSR.
1938 — Order of Lenin.
1941 — B.V. Schukin was postumously awarded the Stalin Prize

Zhigalov (The Marriage, 1921)
Cure (The Miracle of St. Anthony, 1921)
Tartaglia (Princess Turandot, 1922)
Baraboshev (Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better, 1923)
Stepan (Marriage (Zhenit’ba), 1924)
Sinichkin (Lev Guych Sinichkin, 1924)
Pavel Suslov (Virineya, 1925)
Pavel (tovarisch Anton) (Badgers, 1927)
Берсенев (Razlom, 1927)
Ivan Vasilyevich (Zoyka’s Apartment, 1928)
Solomon Shapiro (Conspiracy of Feelings, 1929)
Yegor Bulychev (Yegor Bulychev and others, 1932)
Polonius (Hamlet, 1932)
Lenin (The Man with a Gun, 1937)

As a director he took part in the performances:
Marion Delorme, 1926
Badgers, 1927
Conspiracy of Feelings, 1929
The Pace, 1930
The Fifth Horizon, 1932
Hamlet, 1932
Dostigaev and others, 1933
The Human Comedy, 1934
The Aristocrats, 1935
Dalekoe, 1935

Pilots, 1935
The Generation of Winners, 1936
Lenin in October, 1937
Lenin in 1918, 1939